September 03, 2007 12:07:45pm
Re: Summertime Done Come And Gone, My Oh My
" Did you participate in those big out of control
Halloween parties that Carbondale was known for?
Or were the really out of control ones after you were gone
Yes, as a matter of fact, I did, acetboy. I was there when they were hitting their peak in terms of the numbers of people crowding Illinois Avenue, and stayed in the Carbondale area through the end of the '80's, sadly watching one hell of a good time deteriorate into a morass of violence and vandalism. It was then that the university and the city got together and decided it would be best for Carbondale to just shut the school down, forcing the thousands of dormies to go back home for those weekends, thus bringing an end to what had once been a very crazy, but very fun tradition. Times change, and the time eventually arrived for the legendary Carbondale Halloween bashes to become a memory.
And then I went to grad school in Athens, Ohio, and lo and behold, Halloween was just like the good old days in Carbondale. Don't know if they still do it there or not.
"That whole part of Illinois south of say Illinois 13 is very scenic.
It doesn't seem like you're even in Illinois.
I really enjoy wandering those back roads in the National Forest."
I know it all very well. We live about 80 minutes north of Carbondale (are you the one who told me you live in McLean County?), and every now and then, my wife gets an uncontrollable urge for us to take a drive down to the Shawnee National Forest just to get out and commune with rocks and trees. And yes, it is hard to believe that Normal and Golconda are towns in the same state.